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Ministry Takes Measures to Ease Egg Shortage

by 5m Editor
14 October 2010, at 10:59a.m.

SRI LANKA - The Co-operatives and Internal Trade Ministry plans to provide five million eggs to the market within the next few weeks to ease the shortage and rising prices in the country.

This action was taken to avoid the upcoming festival season being adversely affected by soaring prices and shortages of eggs in the market, Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando told Sri Lanka's Daily News.

Meanwhile, Minister Fernando has informed the Sri Lanka Small and Medium Scale Poultry Farmers Association to take measures to provide nearly two million eggs daily to the Co-operative Wholesale' Establishment (CWE) to sell them at lower prices to consumers.

Following the discussion held with the Sri Lanka Small and Medium Scale Poultry Farmers' Association on Tuesday, 12 October, the Minister urged poultry farmers not to increase egg prices unnecessarily creating artificial egg shortages in the market targeting the upcoming festive season. He said that the first stock of the eggs imported from China is due to arrive in the country within the next two weeks. Large quantities of eggs are wasted by braking when they are transported.

Therefore, it is necessary to use plastic containers to pack eggs which will minimize the wastage caused during egg transportation.

The program of purchasing eggs directly from poultry farmers by sending CWE lorries to their farms across the country and sell them at lower prices to consumers through Economic Centres, Laksathosa outlets and co-operatives islandwide is being successfully continued. Meanwhile, measures will be taken to purchase eggs in large stocks and store them in cold rooms and provide them to bakeries. Eggs stored in cold rooms can be preserved for nearly two months without damaging its nutritional quality.